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Artists say Frack Off!

Sunday, 26 February 2017, 8:47 pm | Frack Off

Following on from the successful FRACKED exhibition in 2012, Graham Kirk is presenting a new collection of works. This new exhibition FRACK OFF is the response from a number of prominent Taranaki artists, photographers and writers to the expanding oil and ... More >>

Tussle for Lead Position on Day Two of Godzone

Sunday, 26 February 2017, 8:37 pm | Godzone Adventure

Tussle for Lead Position on Day Two of Godzone Queenstown’s Team Tiki Tour is holding the lead race position as the GODZone field moves into the second night of the seven-day expedition race. Tom and George Lucas from Queenstown and Mike Kelly ... More >>

Whitewater Rafting Thrills on Shotover River for Godzone

Sunday, 26 February 2017, 8:36 pm | Godzone Adventure

WHITEWATER RAFTING THRILLS ON SHOTOVER RIVER FOR GODZONE All the action on day two of the GODZone adventure race is focused around the famous Skippers Canyon near Queenstown and the Shotover River. Whitewater rafting has been introduced for the first time ... More >>

The Future is Here

Sunday, 26 February 2017, 8:35 pm | Future City

This coming Friday and Saturday, March 3/4, sees Hamilton CBD host to the ever Future City Festival, an inner city music festival featuring underground sounds from around the world. More >>

Championship Points Leads Shaved Back

Sunday, 26 February 2017, 8:29 pm | Bikesport NZ

The 2017 NZ Superbike Championships Championship Points Leads Shaved Back FEBRUARY 25, 2017: The titles of a couple of classic songs could be best used to describe what happened at round three of the New Zealand Superbike Championships in Taupo ... More >>

Americana duo Hungrytown to perform in Hamilton

Sunday, 26 February 2017, 8:27 pm | Hungrytown

The Hamilton Acoustic Music Club presents the internationally-acclaimed American folk duo Hungrytown , who are now on their third tour of New Zealand. Hungrytown's songs and music have appeared in numerous television programmes, including the Independent ... More >>

NZ Paragliding Open 2017 Set to Soar Over Rotorua

Saturday, 25 February 2017, 2:54 pm | NZ Paragliding

On Sunday 26 February eighty paraglider pilots from around New Zealand and the world will take to the skies over the Waikite Valley near Rotorua for the start of the NZ Paragliding Open, the country’s premier paragliding competition. More >>

GODZone Chapter 6 Underway In Queenstown

Saturday, 25 February 2017, 2:48 pm | Godzone Adventure

GODZone Chapter 6 got underway this morning with an explosive start off the main beach in Queenstown Bay. More >>

Top NZ Photographer Amber Griffin awarded silver medal

Saturday, 25 February 2017, 2:28 pm | Amber Griffin Photography

Top NZ Photographer Amber Griffin awarded silver medal at World Photographic Cup Amber Griffin, of Amber Griffin Photography Wellington, was awarded a silver medal in the commercial category of the World Cup of Photography in Yokohama, Japan last ... More >>

Zac Franich Looking for Love as the New Zealand Bachelor

Friday, 24 February 2017, 9:51 pm | Mediaworks

Zac Franich Looking for Love as the New Zealand Bachelor in 2017 MediaWorks is delighted to announce that Zac Franich will be joining the family as their leading man in the highly anticipated third series of The Bachelor New Zealand, coming soon to Three. ... More >>

Hyundai amp up backing for Paddon

Friday, 24 February 2017, 5:12 pm | Hyundai

Hyundai New Zealand, a key partner in Hayden Paddon’s international rallying career, aims to create the largest motorsport supporters’ club in the world with the launch of ‘Paddon’s Pack’, an interactive online community for Paddon supporters. More >>

Coll Goes Down in 5 to Elshorbagy

Friday, 24 February 2017, 5:08 pm | Squash New Zealand

Paul Coll the World Number 16 has gone down in an epic 5 game encounter against the World Number 1 Mohammed Elshorbagy from Egypt. More >>


Friday, 24 February 2017, 4:50 pm | Audio Foundation

Audio Foundation and sound explorers are proud to present one of the greatest living improvising drummers – Sabu Toyozumi from Japan. Sabu has performed with a who’s who of jazz and avant-garde greats from Charles Mingus to Keiji Haino to Les Rallizes ... More >>

Auckland Pride Parade comes to Ponsonby Road tomorrow

Friday, 24 February 2017, 4:32 pm | Elephant Publicity

Tomorrow New Zealand’s largest and loudest carnival of change and diversity, the Auckland Pride Parade 2017 will rock and roll along Ponsonby Road on Saturday 25 February from 7.30pm. More >>

Lotto NZ announces game improvements to Lotto and Powerball

Friday, 24 February 2017, 3:14 pm | Lotto Powerball

Lotto NZ is pleased to announce a number of changes to its flagship lottery game that will improve game play for its customers. More >>

Whibley Settles Back Into The USA Scene

Friday, 24 February 2017, 3:14 pm | Bikesport NZ

FEBRUARY 24, 2017: Taikorea's Paul Whibley enjoyed an international career that was nothing short of sensational. More >>

Songs Of Sodomy & The Compost Of Aethyr

Friday, 24 February 2017, 2:50 pm | Muzai Records

Girls Pissing on Girls Pissing’s genre-bending sonic ambulations are, for ease of description, perhaps best loosely termed as folk/no-wave. Yet ultimately they aren’t so easy to define. The group’s sound is both disease and panacea for the ... More >>

The Bats Release Video For Single ‘No Trace’

Friday, 24 February 2017, 2:44 pm | Flying Nun

Five years after the release of their last critically acclaimed album, The Bats have returned with album number nine, The Deep Set . A band that continues to defy the odds, recently hailed the band as “one of New Zealand's great ... More >>

Mix of youth and experience to take on Stags

Friday, 24 February 2017, 1:29 pm | Auckland Cricket

The Auckland Aces have named four potential debutants in their Plunket Shield squad to take on Central Districts at Colin Maiden Park starting tomorrow. More >>

Epic GODZone Course Revealed One Day Before Start

Friday, 24 February 2017, 11:53 am | GODZone

10 stages, 1 prologue, 8 disciplines, 410km of iconic New Zealand wilderness and almost 300 competitors with just seven days to complete Chapter 6 of GODZone. More >>

Stroke and Stride Race Report

Friday, 24 February 2017, 11:45 am | Stroke and Stride

With everything and we mean everything riding on one race this season it is vitally important that all is in place for one of the most momentous Stroke & Stride events in history. Like nearly all outdoor sports it wouldn't be a swimrun race without ... More >>

Celebrity Comedian Stands up Against Sitting Back

Friday, 24 February 2017, 11:14 am | Elephant Publicity

Well-known Kiwi comedian Ben Hurley ( 7 Days ) has gathered a posse of like-minded comedy vigilantes, determined to make a stand (up) against injustices in the world. Over three nights, Friday 31 March, Saturday 1 & Sunday 2 April , Auckland’s ... More >>

Biopic ‘Wayne’ Commences Production

Friday, 24 February 2017, 10:53 am | 818 Entertainment

The incredible larger than life story of former World Motorcycle Champion, Wayne Gardner will be given the big screen treatment as Matthew Metcalfe of General Film Corporation and Fraser Brown of FB Pictures announced today the feature documentary ... More >>

Jon Bennett: My Dad’s Deaths (A Comedy)

Friday, 24 February 2017, 10:47 am | 2hoots Productions

Jon Bennett’s Dad always wanted his son to be an author… like Banjo Patterson. From the creator of the internationally acclaimed ‘ Pretending Things are a Cock’ comes the story of the strange relationship between a comedian and his extremely ... More >>

Comment about proposed Mt. Erebus National Memorial

Friday, 24 February 2017, 10:27 am | Erebus National Memorial

Advocates for a national memorial for the 257 people who lost their lives in the 1979 Mt. Erebus air accident warmly commend the organisation and work for the recently unveiled Christchurch Earthquake National Memorial. They suggest it is an excellent ... More >>

Waitara turns it on for SuperBoat champs

Thursday, 23 February 2017, 5:28 pm | PCR Jetsprinting

Waitara promises great weather for round three of the MouthFRESH SuperBoat champs on February 26, a stark contrast to round one, which was rained out. More >>

Motorbike Book Club helps young Vietnamese readers

Thursday, 23 February 2017, 5:16 pm | Massey University

Kiwi artists and performers are coming together in Auckland tomorrow night to help raise awareness and funds for a mobile literacy project delivering books by motorbike to children living in some of Vietnam’s poorest rural villages. More >>

The Prototypes Return

Thursday, 23 February 2017, 3:55 pm | Logic Touring Agency

2016 was a massive year for Brighton-based duo The Prototypes. It saw the release of their highly successful album City Of God; their track ‘Rockets Guns Blazing’ made a Beatport no.1; they launched their own imprint titled Get Hype Records, and ... More >>

Charity first to bring home-grown cardboard baby boxes to NZ

Thursday, 23 February 2017, 3:29 pm | BabyStart

BabyStart has become the first New Zealand organisation to produce a version of the baby box – a Finnish tradition dating back almost 80 years. More >>

David Bradley - Powershot: 1 to 25 March, 2017

Thursday, 23 February 2017, 3:02 pm | Bowerbank Ninow

In The Principle of Hope , Ernst Bloch cautions against an approach to an uncertain future which is founded on “contemplative knowledge,” warning that “because merely contemplative knowledge necessarily refers to what is closed and thus to what ... More >>

GODZone to Start Downtown Queenstown

Thursday, 23 February 2017, 2:57 pm | GODZone Adventure

Chapter 6 of GODZone will start in downtown Queenstown this weekend. More >>

Partnership with China Cup announced

Thursday, 23 February 2017, 2:54 pm | Emirates Team New Zealand

Emirates Team New Zealand today announces a new partnership with the China Cup International regatta and its official partner Yiihua Technology & Pocket Tech. More >>

Opera Australia prize winner touring with Operatunity

Thursday, 23 February 2017, 2:49 pm | Operatunity

Kalauni Pouvalu , recent winner of the Conal Coad Opera Australia Prize touring with Operatunity’s That’s Amore in Hamilton on Monday 6th March at 11am . More >>

Calder Stewart Cycling series opener to support Cheviot

Thursday, 23 February 2017, 2:25 pm | Calder Stewart Cycling Series

Record numbers and former World Champ features of Calder Stewart Cycling series opener to support Cheviot More >>

Brush off the clippers for Shave for a Cure

Thursday, 23 February 2017, 2:16 pm | Leukemia and Blood Cancer New Zealand

Shave for a Cure week is fast approaching with Kiwis across the country signing up to lose their locks during the week 20th-26th March. More >>

Cressi New Zealand Freediving Depth Nationals 2017

Thursday, 23 February 2017, 12:59 pm | Freediving New Zealand

Freediving NZ is proud to announce the ‘Cressi New Zealand Depth Nationals 2017’, this annual event will be held in Lake Taupo, based at Motutere Bay from Thursday 16th March to Saturday 18th March 2017. More >>

World Press Photo Winners Heading to Auckland in July

Thursday, 23 February 2017, 12:54 pm | Rotary Club Of Auckland

The prestigious annual exhibition of the World Press Photo Contest is confirmed to return to Auckland’s Smith and Caughey’s , Queen Street from Saturday 1 July to Sunday 30 July 2017 , thanks to the Rotary Club of Auckland. The highly-anticipated ... More >>

Highest Martial Arts Athletes To Teach NZ's Best

Thursday, 23 February 2017, 12:51 pm | International Taekwon-Do New Zealand

New Zealand’s largest martial arts organisation ITKD NZ (International Taekwon-Do New Zealand) are getting some extra training. More >>

Northern Stars Captain announcement

Thursday, 23 February 2017, 12:48 pm | Northern Stars

Leana de Bruin will lead the Northern Stars for the inaugural season of the ANZ Premiership, named as the first captain of New Zealand’s newest professional sports team. While de Bruin says the news may not come as a huge surprise for some, coach ... More >>

Decadent delights on offer at MOTAT’s Prohibition Party

Thursday, 23 February 2017, 12:41 pm | MOTAT

Be swept up in the exuberance and freewheeling popular culture of the roaring twenties at MOTAT’s inaugural Prohibition Party on Saturday 4 March. More >>

New Zealand Festival congratulates former Executive Director

Thursday, 23 February 2017, 12:22 pm | New Zealand Festival

New Zealand’s largest international arts festival, the New Zealand Festival, congratulates its former Executive Director Sue Paterson ONZM on winning the Metlifecare Senior New Zealander of the Year Award, announced at a ceremony in Auckland last night. More >>

New Zealander of the Year honours for academic and graduate

Thursday, 23 February 2017, 12:06 pm | Auckland University

New Zealander of the Year honours for academic and graduate Young New Zealander and Innovator of the Year both from the University of Auckland. More >>

Planetarium Dir. Rebecca Zlotowski announced Special Guest

Thursday, 23 February 2017, 11:34 am | French Film Festival

The Alliance Française French Film Festival is delighted to announce director Rebecca Zlotowski will travel to New Zealand to present her stunning feature film Planetarium at selected screenings in Auckland and Wellington. More >>

Nominations now open for 2nd annual MATARIKI AWARDS

Thursday, 23 February 2017, 10:59 am | Maori Television

Nominations are now open for Māori Television’s second annual MATARIKI AWARDS 2017 to be broadcast live from the Auckland War Memorial Museum on Friday 21 July 2017 at 8.30pm. More >>

Futurist Jason Silva Brings 'Awestruck' To NZ This June

Thursday, 23 February 2017, 10:51 am | Think Inc

In June 2017 Think Inc., in association with AUT, Loop and National Geographic Channel, are excited to bring to New Zealand, for the first time, futurist and explorer of the metaphysics of imagination, Jason Silva . More >>

Meet our First Place Award Human!

Thursday, 23 February 2017, 10:16 am | Everyday Humans

It was tough, but after a lot of debate and countless hours of screen time, we've chosen our overall winner of the first Everyday Humans Short Film Competition. More >>

Manatū Taonga standing alongside Te Matatini

Thursday, 23 February 2017, 10:04 am | Ministry of Culture and Heritage

Kapa haka is a powerful and positive expression of who we are as New Zealanders and we proudly support the biennial Te Matatini Festival being held this year in Hastings, Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage Chief Executive Paul James ... More >>

2017 New Zealander of the Year announcement

Thursday, 23 February 2017, 10:01 am | New Zealander of the year

Filmmaker, actor, artist and champion of New Zealand culture, Taika Waititi has been named 2017 New Zealander of the Year. More >>

Over 50 overseas cyclists to join 270 Kiwi’s

Thursday, 23 February 2017, 9:00 am | Tour of New Zealand

Riders from Ireland, Canada, Australia, the United States, Germany, Switzerland, China, Brazil and Singapore will join 270 Kiwi’s on this year’s fourth Tour of New Zealand that begins simultaneously in Northland and Southland on Saturday the ... More >>

Three Weeks Til Midge Ure Hits NZ

Wednesday, 22 February 2017, 4:35 pm | Plus1

The voice of Ultravox, Midge Ure, returns with band to perform 40 years of classic material. We're looking forward to his seven shows around NZ with sonic gems like Vienna, Dancing With Tears In My Eyes, Fade to Grey, Reap The Wild Wind, If I Was, ... More >>

Vintage Harvard Plane on Show at Air Tattoo

Wednesday, 22 February 2017, 4:27 pm | New Zealand Defence Force

The grand old lady of the Royal New Zealand Air Force, North American Harvard NZ1015, has had a makeover taking her back to her original glory in time for this weekend’s Air Tattoo. More >>

WITCH BITCH presents Statuesque Anarchy

Wednesday, 22 February 2017, 4:05 pm | Enjoy Art Gallery

Manu Vaea, Pati Solomona Tyrell, Sione Monu WITCH BITCH presents Statuesque Anarchy 10 March – April 1, 2017 Curated by Tanu Gago Opening: Thursday March 9, 5:30pm Artist Panel Discussion: Saturday 11 March, 2pm Performance Showcase: Saturday 11 ... More >>

Stories to Heal Violence show 2017

Wednesday, 22 February 2017, 3:50 pm | Stopping Violence Dunedin

This year for the first time in Stopping Violence Dunedin’s 31-year history, we will be part of the Dunedin Fringe Festival. This is an excellent opportunity for our organisation to bring the issues of family violence in the community to the general ... More >>

Dunedin Fringe Festival Confirms Two Event Cancellations

Wednesday, 22 February 2017, 3:36 pm | Dunedin Fringe Festival

The Dunedin Fringe Festival has today confirmed the cancellation of two events that were originally included in its 2017 programme- Riding in Cars with (Mostly Straight) Boys , and Maya & Torakiti , the street-performing ‘ninjya cats’. No performances ... More >>

Leading Kiwi Playwright Captures Modern Day Anzac Experience

Wednesday, 22 February 2017, 3:34 pm | Elephant Publicity

Multi-award winning New Zealand playwright, Dave Armstrong, offers a contemporary take on one of the nation’s formative historical events in the premiere of Anzac Eve , playing 31 March – 5 April at Herald Theatre, Aotea Centre. This highly entertaining ... More >>

Taking a swing at education

Wednesday, 22 February 2017, 3:28 pm | Otago Polytech

Dunedin Businesses are lining up to take a swing at education! Twenty-four teams of four are taking part in The Otago Polytechnic Education Golf Open this Friday. The tournament raises money for the Otago Polytechnic Education Foundation which ... More >>

Sea Shepherd ship, the Steve Irwin, set to arrive in Dunedin

Wednesday, 22 February 2017, 2:08 pm | Sea Shepherd Conservation Society

The M/V Steve Irwin, one of two Sea Shepherd vessels patrolling the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary for Japanese whale poachers has completed its mission and will be arriving in the port of Dunedin the morning of February 23rd for a short layover. More >>

Richardson Taking Nothing for Granted

Wednesday, 22 February 2017, 11:54 am | Bikesport NZ

FEBRUARY 22, 2017: Wellington motorcycle hero Shane Richardson has a solid points lead in the chase for national 600cc Supersport honours, but he's taking nothing for granted as he prepares for the second half of the New Zealand road-racing season. More >>

Nominate your pick of NZ's finest writers

Wednesday, 22 February 2017, 11:43 am | Creative NZ

New Zealanders are asked to nominate their pick of the country’s finest writers for the 2017 Prime Minister’s Awards for Literary Achievement. More >>

NZ Antique & Classic Boatshow Nelson Lakes National Park

Wednesday, 22 February 2017, 11:09 am | Nelson Media

Entries are up for the NZ Antique & Classic Boatshow at Lake Rotoiti in the Nelson Lakes National Park next weekend (March 4 and 5); and organiser Pete Rainey says this year the vintage boats are being towed from further afield by their enthusiastic ... More >>


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